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Can a Girl Get Pregnant if She Has Sex During Her Period?

Can a girl get pregnant if she has sex during her period?
- Jamie*

Yes. A lot of people think that if a girl has sex during her period, she can't get pregnant. But it is possible for a girl to get pregnant while she is bleeding. This can happen for a couple of reasons:

Having unprotected sex at any time is risky: Along with the chance of getting pregnant, you can also get a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as chlamydia, genital warts, or HIV. The only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is abstinence. If you do have sex, use a condom every time to protect against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. And talk to your doctor about additional forms of contraception.

Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, RN
Date reviewed: January 2013

* Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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